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‘If anything happens to me…’: Congress leader, arrested for remarks against Bengal CM, seeks security

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West Bengal Congress leader Koustav Bagchi, who was arrested for his alleged derogatory remarks against CM Mamata Banerjee, has sought security cover for himself and his family citing life threats.

Kolkata,UPDATED: Mar 8, 2023 03:53 IST

Congress leader Koustav Bagchi (Photo: Facebook)

By Rajesh Saha: Congress leader Koustav Bagchi, who was recently arrested for his alleged derogatory remarks against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, has written a letter to the state home secretary and commissioner of police, seeking security cover. The West Bengal Congress spokesperson claimed possible life threats to him and his family.

Several posters have allegedly been posted around his residence and several places in Barrackpore to boycott him socially.

“Through some secret and credible sources from TMC friends, well-wishers and police personnel, I came to know that an attack was being planned on me. So, I mailed my local police commissioner and union home secretary and intimated the matter to them. I also requested them to provide sufficient security because I am concerned about my old parents and my family members,” Koustav Bagchi told India Today.

“There is no word called fear in my dictionary. But I am concerned about my family members. If anything happens to my family, then only CM Mamata Banerjee and TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee will be responsible for them. So be prepared for this. And if something happens to me, then they can’t even imagine the after shock,” the Congress leader added.

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Bagchi, who is also an advocate in the Kolkata High Court, said he was not concerned about the calls to boycott him socially.

“I am less bothered about TMC. One of the TMC councillors of my area came to my residence and met me this morning to celebrate Holi with Abeer. I will fight this battle till the end,” he said.


Recently, Koustav Bagchi was arrested by Kolkata Police for his alleged deregotary remarks against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. On March 4, Kolkata police force reached his residence in Barrackpore at around 3 am and took him to Burtolla police station.

After questioning, Bagchi was arrested by Burtolla police station. A case was registered against him under section of 120B, 354A, 504, 505, 509, 506 and 153 of the Indian penal code. When produced in court, Koustav Bagchi was asked to furnish a bail bond of Rs 1,000. The court will now hear the matter on April 5.

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